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Indian foreign secretary to visit Pakistan in 1st week of March  

ISLAMABAD: The Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar may visit Pakistan in first week of March for talks and all issues including Kashmir will be part of the dialogue.

According to the sources in an ice-breaking move after a six-month hiatus in Indo-Pak ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after which it was announced that Foreign Secretary Jaishankar will visit Islamabad when he will “push bilateral agenda”.

Using cricket diplomacy, Modi had called leaders of four SAARC nations, which, along with India, are participating in the cricket World Cup. He conveyed best wishes to their teams.

 

Sources said dialogue with India will be held on all issues and Kashmir will be included in the agenda.
Jaishankar’s visit to Pakistan will be significant given that India had cancelled Foreign Secretary-level talks in August last year after Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit held consultations with Kashmiri separatists on the eve of the Indo-Pak talks.